Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Cover As You Are

View from Afghanistan: Burqa-ning Perspectives

People I meet here wear Burqas for many varied reasons, most of which seem more practical than anything I’ve heard an outsider ascribe: Because they don’t like to be looked at in the street, and their chadiri gives them anonymity. Because they feel safer, protected from the outside world when they’re covered. Because their husband or father prefers it. Because in the rural areas, everyone else is wearing one. And sometimes, because its just easier to throw on a burqa to run to the supermarket rather than put on nice clothes and make-up.

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